When a car accident happens, it usually occurs so fast that it can be difficult to determine exactly what happened, but it can be vital in those first moments to collect evidence to prove that the other driver caused the accident. The case for the other driver’s liability can be built with the support of the evidence from the scene as well as other proof that may become available.
No matter how and when the evidence comes to light, proving that the other driver was at fault in the accident can be critical in recovering damages related to the accident. Insurance companies may hold off on providing coverage until the cause is determined, or a court may need sufficient verification to support the claimant’s contention of what occurred in order to reach a decision in the case.
In these circumstances, finding a way to prove the case is of the essence.
When Does the Process of Proving Liability Begin?
In the moments after a car accident, it often happens that those involved need to piece together what just happened. The unexpected nature of the collision and the blur of activity afterward can be confusing enough, but factoring in spending energy assessing and addressing injuries and mitigating any subsequent dangers still present the scene, it seems to be impossible to focus on anything else. Unfortunately, the reality is that this is the optimal time to get a sense of what happened to cause the accident and to collect evidence to prove that the other driver was at fault.
What Evidence Might Suggest that the Other Driver was at Fault?
If it is not prevented by injuries or dangers on scene, gathering evidence in the moments after the accident is ideal. Helpful information can be garnered from the site afterward and surrounding area as well. When trying to preserve evidence of a car accident, some actions to take include the following:
- Taking pictures or video of the aftermath
- Making notes about what can be remembered about what happened before memories fade
- Speaking with witnesses on the scene and collecting their contact information
- Looking into any surveillance cameras from homes or businesses in the vicinity of the accident site
- Observing the behavior and actions of the other driver
- Taking notice, and pictures, of any evidence that the other driver may have been distracted or intoxicated
- Obtaining the official police report
Atlantic City Car Accident Lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm Represent Clients Hurt by Another Driver’s Negligence
If you were injured in an accident caused by another driver, you should be able to collect compensation for any expenses that resulted from the crash. You should be able to collect compensation to cover any medical costs, such as doctor’s visits, diagnostic tests, hospital stays, medications, and ongoing care. You may also be able to recover income you lost while recovering from the injuries or future income that will be unavailable because of limitations brought about by your injuries. The Atlantic City car accident lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm can help you understand what kinds of damages are available to you and work to secure the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 609-926-3300 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, we assist accident victims throughout Atlantic City, Linwood, Galloway Township, Cape May, Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Ocean City, Woodbury, and across South Jersey.